On October 19th, 1966 – The Yardbirds landed in New York to embark on their first U.S. tour. Lead guitarist Jeff Beck left the band after the first two concerts due to acute tonsillitis and Jimmy Page shortly took over as lead guitarist. Jeff Beck would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group. Top photo: U.S. album cover version of Over Under Sideways Down, released by Epic Records in 1966.
On this day in 1968 – Cream performed at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, on the band’s farewell tour. Three live recordings were made at this concert which were later featured on the Goodbye album; this final Cream album was released in 1969.
On October 19th, 1974 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with their third studio album: Not Fragile. This milestone album for BTO spent one week on top of the chart and features the FM radio classics: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Roll On Down The Highway.
On this day in 1980 – AC/DC began a UK tour of 20 dates, with the first venue being at Bristol Colston Hall. This was AC/DC’s first tour since the tragic death of their vocalist Bon Scott. The new AC/DC vocalist for this tour was none other than: Brian Johnson.
On October 19th, 1993 – Pearl Jam released Vs., their second studio album. This album would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Vs. sold (a then-record setting) 950,378 copies during its first week of release.
On this day in 1996 – Rush kicked off their tour supporting their sixteenth studio album, Test for Echo, at the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York. This would be a tour without an opening act for Rush, a decision which has continued on Rush tours to this very day.
On October 19th, 1996 – Nirvana achieved #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the fourth and final time, with their live album: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah. This live album spent one week on top of the chart.
2013 – On this day in KISSTORY – October 19, 2013, KISS kicked off their Japanese Monster Tour at Makuhari Messe Arena in Tokyo.
Born on October 19th, 1976 – Pete Loeffler, the very talented lead guitarist and lead vocalist for Chevelle. Happy Birthday Pete! Whoa! Chevelle are a world-famous Alternative Metal/Modern Hard Rock band originating from Illinois, with seven studio albums to their credit since 1995.
LONG LIVE METAL.
LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.